Social media giants continue their campaign to silence the president by flagging what he says as false information – or suppressing him completely. While Twitter and Snapchat have done their part in censoring Trump, Facebook has largely resisted calls to “fact check” him. CEO Mark Zuckerberg has long said his company does not want to moderate what is supposed to be “free speech” on their platform.
However, that sentiment has faded with Facebook’s latest initiative to flag President Trump’s posts.
On Tuesday, Facebook placed a “voting info” label on one of the president’s post which talked about mail-in voting. Trump asserted on his post that “Mail-In Voting, unless changed by the courts, will lead to the most CORRUPT ELECTION in our Nation’s History! #RIGGEDELECTION”.
Directly beneath his caption, a label appears that says, “Get official voting info on how to vote in the 2020 US election at usa.gov,” with a link to, “Get Voting Information.” The link takes you directly to a page titled “Absentee and Early Voting” that promotes finding out how to learn more about mail-in voting in your area.
The first paragraph reads, “States are making it easier for citizens to vote absentee by mail this year due to the coronavirus… Many are still in the process of deciding how they will handle voting during the pandemic. Visit your state election office website to find out if you can vote by mail.”
Mail-In Voting, unless changed by the courts, will lead to the most CORRUPT ELECTION in our Nation’s History! #RIGGEDELECTION
Although this is not necessarily a “fact check,” it promotes exactly what Trump is warning against. Trump says “mail-in voting is corrupt,” and then Facebook says “here’s how to do it.” That’s a passive-aggressive attack on the president.
Zuckerberg reportedly said in June that the labels are not “a judgment of whether the posts themselves are accurate, but we want people to have access to authoritative information either way.” So – he’s implying that Trump is not an authority on the issue of corruption in mail-in ballots.
Zuckerberg’s move came after Disney pulled advertising from Facebook and Instagram in growing pressure against the social media giant to do something about Trump’s posts.
The Wall Street Journal reported on Saturday that the entertainment mogul will be withdrawing ad spending, along with companies like Starbucks, Adidas, and others, who did the same. According to Reuters, Disney did not make a public announcement regarding the move. Rather, they did it covertly by shifting advertising plans. Specifically, they stopped advertising for Disney+ on Facebook, as well as for Hulu on Instagram.
Apparently, what Facebook has done thus far isn’t enough for the never-satisfied cancel culture movement, which says they have seen “no commitment to action,” according to Reuters.
In response, the social media giant said in a statement, “We know we have more work to do, and we’ll continue to work with civil rights groups … and other experts to develop even more tools, technology and policies to continue this fight.”
We should expect to see more stealthy actions taking place against the president as the election cycle heats up. However, hopefully the DOJ is on the job with anti-trust cases building up against platforms like Facebook, Twitter, and Snapchat that bow to the mob every chance they get.